Actresses Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?  

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List Rules Vote up the actresses of film & TV who you expect to see every awards season for the rest of their lives. Actresses must be under 40.

With 20 Academy Awards nominations, two Best Actress Oscars, and one Best Supporting Actress Oscar, Meryl Streep undeniably stands as the best actress of her generation and one of the greatest actresses of all time. Her immersive and versatile acting style allowed her to embody characters ranging from a bitter divorcee to a frosty magazine editor to the former Prime Minister of the UK, lending her a reel like no other. Since Streep occupies such a large niche within pop culture, it begs the question: who is the next Meryl Streep? 

Several young actresses on their way to becoming the next Meryl Streep include Academy Award winners Jennifer Lawrence, Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway, and Emma Stone. Non-American actresses, like Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, and Margot Robbie, quickly became Hollywood A-listers for their critically acclaimed performances. Which of these talented leading ladies fit the bill as the future Meryl Streep? 

Vote up the young actresses you think will be the next Meryl Streep.

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449 214
Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, The Devil Wears Prada

2
244 143
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl on the Train, Sicario, The Devil Wears Prada

3
278 199
Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Jackie, V for Vendetta

4
234 157
Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brooklyn, Atonement, Hanna

5
181 133
Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad, Z for Zachariah

6
288 264
Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
La La Land, Birdman, Easy A

7
315 303
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Silver Linings Playbook, Winter's Bone, American Hustle

8
202 214
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast

9
133 129
Lupita Nyong'o is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
12 Years a Slave, Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

10
126 147
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham

11
132 157
Brie Larson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Room, Short Term 12, 21 Jump Street

12
112 129
Alicia Vikander is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, Anna Karenina

13
103 132
Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Brokeback Mountain, Manchester by the Sea, Blue Valentine

14
95 141
Amanda Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mean Girls, Les Misérables, Lovelace

15
103 159
Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Lost in Translation, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Under the Skin

16
96 152
Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, The Last 5 Years

17
65 99
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
An Education, Drive, The Great Gatsby

18
75 118
Rooney Mara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Carol, Her

19
66 108
Elizabeth Olsen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Martha Marcy May Marlene, Godzilla, Oldboy

20
59 101
Dakota Fanning is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
I Am Sam, Charlotte's Web, The Runaways

21
56 96
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Theory of Everything, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Inferno

22
76 134
Shailene Woodley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendents, The Spectacular Now

23
61 107
Elisabeth Moss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Men, Top of the Lake, Queen of Earth

24
54 96
Elle Fanning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Super 8, Phoebe in Wonderland, Ginger & Rosa

25
61 112
Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Gossip Girl, The Shallows, The Age of Adaline

26
51 98
Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Marie Antoinette, Spider-Man, Fargo

27
50 103
Daisy Ridley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ophelia

28
51 106
Chloë Grace Moretz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Let Me In, Kick-Ass, Carrie

29
51 108
Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Black Swan, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Ted

30
36 81
Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Tron: Legacy, Rush, Drinking Buddies

31
38 87
Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Homeland, Temple Grandin, My So-Called Life

32
27 72
Tessa Thompson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Dear White People, Westworld, Veronica Mars

33
32 88
Zoë Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Big Little Lies, The Divergent Series

34
25 78
Abigail Breslin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, Dirty Dancing

35
24 78
Anna Paquin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
True Blood, The Piano, X-Men

36
45 135
Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Adventureland, The Runaways, Personal Shopper

37
27 92
Mandy Moore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
This Is Us, Saved!, Rapunzel

38
20 75
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Alfie, American Sniper, Factory Girl

39
17 74
Gina Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon

40
15 73
Gugu Mbatha-Raw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Beyond the Lights, Miss Sloane, Belle

41
15 82
America Ferrera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ugly Betty, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, How to Train Your Dragon

42
9 78
Zoe Kazan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Ruby Sparks, Olive Kitteridge, What If

43
9 79
Gaby Hoffmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Transparent, Crystal Fairy, Sleepless in Seattle

44
8 75
Anna Chlumsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Which Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?
Veep, My Girl, In the Loop